About

I am a freelance wine and food writer and wine columnist for The Washington Post. My columns appear in the Wednesday Food section, though they typically are posted online several days earlier.

I am also co-founder of Drink Local Wine, a website turned organization designed to promote online writing about “wines from around here, wherever ‘here’ happens to be.” DLW has held annual conferences in Texas, Virginia, Missouri, Colorado and Maryland to introduce writers and bloggers to winemakers.

On this blog I will try out some ideas and tastings before they reach the column, and hopefully ignite some interesting discussion. Please take advantage of the Comments section to join in!

Cheers,

Dave McIntyre

23 Responses to About

  1. Hi Dave!
    Love reading your Washington Post column and looking forward to meeting you at WBC11 this weekend in Charlottesville!
    Shannon Jones
    @GrapeOccasions

    • Joyce Saadi says:

      Love your wine tips. With respect to the Aug. 6 recommendations, thought you might be interested in knowing that the Zin-Phomaniac label is a take on Marilyn Monroe’s famous calendar pose (“Golden Dreams”)that was created early in her career. Exact pose, red background. I have an original of the calendar and could send you a scan, but I’m guessing you could find it online.

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  3. Daniel Morrison says:

    Hi Dave,
    You have a very entertaining and at the same time knowledgeable website. I like your wine selection, very impressive. Me myself is a wine drinker. I appreciate a good quality wine even though I’m not an expert, I know how good wine taste like. Anyway, I have a proposition that will benefit you and your readers. I want to discuss this in detail. Do you think you will be interested?

    Best Regards,
    Daniel

  4. Kyle Whitney says:

    I would like to see a column on how much wine was lost in the DC area due to the power and heat his past weekend. I don’t see a lot written about it. I have some damaged bottles in my modest cellar, but I can assume there are many shops whose inventory is now suspect. Your thought would be welcome.
    I enjoy your column in the Post.

  5. Louise Teubner says:

    I enjoy your column in the Post, and try to find some of the wines you recommend. I live in Towson, though, so I am far away from the wine shops you list. Can you please try to include some availability in the Baltimore area? Total Wine (formerly Beltway Fine Wine), Wells Liquor,
    Grauls, Eddies, Hunt Valley, The Wine Source, Calvert, and many others come to mind. Thank you!

    • Hi Louise – thank you for your comment, and for reading my Post columns. I’m glad you enjoy them. Several of the stores you mention do indeed appear frequently in my listings, especially Wells and Beltway Fine Wines, Towson wines also comes to mind.

      Cheers, Dave

  6. Carl Monaco says:

    Hey Dave- Big fans of yours and seeking some advice. My wife and I just had our first baby and I am already looking into what we’ll all drink together for our daughter’s 21st birthday. When I was little my father had purchased a French red and a bottle of port which were both vintages from my birth year of 1980 for us to drink in 2001. I’d like to do the same with some 2013 vintages for my daughter.

    Any suggestions on what I should buy?

    Also, in your opinion, under the scenario above, what would have been the best 21st birthday sipping scenario?

    Carl Monaco
    monaco2275@yahoo.com
    202-905-7037

    Sent from my iPhone. Please excuse any typos.

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  8. Tom says:

    Hi Dave,
    I am looking for some wines that exhibit the terroir phenomena. We plan to explore at our next wine tasting (which you are welcome to join)!

  9. Marty Rosenberg says:

    Dave,
    Here is a copy of a letter I wrote to RAMW in response to their lobbying efforts to lift the $25 limit on corkage fee in D.C. I think the new policy will certainly effect my choice of restaurants especially since Maryland has changed the law and now allows individual jurisdictions to allow restaurants to charge corkage for outside wines.
    Sincerely,
    Marty Rosenberg

    Dear sirs,
    It is not often I muster the effort to respond to a change in legislation unless it involves major social or political issues. However, I can not let this one pass.
    We have lived in Annapolis for almost 40 years and frequently eat out. We have the choice of heading north to Baltimore or west to D.C. and one of the major
    draws for us has been the $25 corkage fee in the District. I have collected wine since finishing school and now have many older wines that are not available in
    most restaurants. Although they may not have been expensive when purchased they have become more difficult to obtain. It is always a pleasure to have a fine
    meal matched with a well aged wine. I think the recent decision to allow restaurants to charge a corkage on what they think is acceptable will have unintended
    consequences. The cost of the corkage fee certainly will affect my decision as to which restaurants I will frequent as it has already done when we travel to New
    York City to spend time with our two sons. And the assumption the lower corkage costs the restaurants income flies in the face of the fact that there has been a
    resurgence in the restaurant scene in Philadelphia sparked by the opening of a multitude of small BYO restaurants which charge no corkage fee. I guess time will
    tell if this policy helps or hurts the restaurant scene in D.C. I would suggest RAMW print a list of the corkage fees the restaurants now charge as I can envision
    people unaware of the new policy bringing wine to dinner only to find the cost exceeds the price they would consider fare. I know I will certainly ask what the fee
    will be and it will affect my choice of restaurants in the future.

    Sincerely Yours,
    Martin Rosenberg

  10. Louise Hurren says:

    Hi Dave, I was looking for information about how to send you sample bottles of French, terroir-driven wines from a company that I work with, whose wines are available in Washington DC. Have I missed this info somewhere on your site, or could you kindly mail it to me? Many thanks in advance. louisehurren (at) wanadoo (dot) fr

  11. Bekah says:

    Check out the NEW TEAM at Rogers Ford Farm Winery. Johnny Puckett owner, Floyd Oslin vineyard & winery consultant . Making some NEW exciting wines !!!!! Sangiovese, Merlot, Syrah,Chardonnay , Abbey Rose. Converted 1850′s Farm House into there new Tasting room, Events Center.

  12. Leslie Kramer says:

    Hi Dave: Any idea where I can find Deutz Brut champagne in the DC/MD/VA area? Leslie

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  14. Scott Walker says:

    Read yesterday’s column on glassware (Jan 8th in Post “Food” section), particularly the Riedel stems. Last year, on a continuing sojourn to as many of Virginia’s wineries as retirement permits, we stopped a North Gate Vineyard near Leesburg and Purcellville. We had a great pourer — both knowledgeable and conversant — and the conversation turned to stem ware and all of the cheap little souvenir glasses one gets at tastings. The owner heard us and informed the group that they used to use Riedel stems (as Jefferson Vineyard, near Ch’ville does) but it became cost-prohibitive. However, they still had some. They then repoured the tasting samples and everything tasted different and better. Ah, crystal !

  15. Hi Dave! Are you interested to discover BEAUJOLAIS CRUS? we are a group of winemakers in southern Burgundy

  16. Jill says:

    Need some help with wine pairing. Want to feature a different local Md wine with each course. Could use some advise please!

  17. T Mitchell Griggs says:

    Enjoy your column – I write for the Washington Post’s real estate section occasionally but am now doing some travel related writing for Southern Living, in flight magazines and other travel publications. Next week I am attending a press conference sponsored by the newly launched Vintage Atlantic group. I am not a wine expert, but was wondering if you could recommend Mid Atlantic resources that would be useful for research and background for destination travel related to this region. I know Kevin Atticks who runs the Maryland Association – he was helpful when I wrote a feature on the Frederick Wine Trail. Thanks!

  18. Mel Gardner says:

    Hi there, I want to address your recent blog/column regarding the flap over the title of sommelier. Specifically, your words at the end, “if people like me want to learn more about wine and gain a deeper respect for those who serve it in restaurants, so what if we earn a lapel pin in the process?” First, you mean you took the course because you wanted to gain a deeper respect for service workers? I think not. You should in general have respect for service professionals, not just those who serve the wine (tho good of you to take a wine course and inadvertently gain that respect).
    Secondly, if you want to learn more about wine without wishing to excel in the service business, your efforts should be directed to WSET & the Master of Wine program, which is for people who want to learn more about wine but have no desire or intention to work in service (too bad the Master of Wine program wasn’t featured in a movie, eh?). Otherwise, this is a misguided impulse– spurred by a movie–that made a prestigious title seem covetable but truly involves a lot more grunt work, low-paid sweat, and dedication, even before the test, that wasn’t shown in the movie. Your pursuit was not to gain deeper accomplishment as a service worker, your pursuit was uneducated and seems rather vain.
    It is a sham to receive a title reserved for professionals pursing excellence when you didn’t finish the course to its end nor aspire to its goals. Sorry, but what’s wrong is you are a pretender to what the lapel pin seems to signify. Court of Master Sommeliers needs to change their award system, in light of this.

    • Dave McIntyre says:

      Mel – You misunderstood my column. I took the two CMS levels before the movie came out, because I have come to know several of the dedicated sommeliers in the DC area who are pursuing the Master Sommelier title, and as The Washington Post’s wine columnist I wanted to write about them. Many of them encouraged me to take it and let me sit in on some of their tastings and prep sessions. I didn’t do it to earn a pin or a certification as such, and certainly not a title. And I do respect other service professionals, not just “inadvertantly” either. You obviously don’t know me, because if you did, you’d realize how silly your rant is.

      Dave McIntyre

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  19. Mary says:

    Hi Dave,

    What’s going on with tasting fees at Virginia wineries? I generally visit several each year, and at each enjoy a tasting and buy at least 6 bottles. In the past, since I was buying, they waived the tasting fee, but not lately. When I asked about it, one responded, “We do not waive tasting fees for wine purchases, we give discounts instead; plus the VABC frowns upon that.”

    My perception is that at Virginia wineries prices are already a little higher than for the equivalent NY, CA, and imported wines. This has always puzzled me, because if I’m at the winery there’s no shipping, so the price should be lower, not higher. But I just figure there are other factors, and it’s nice to try before buying, so I’ve never let it bother me too much. But for some reason the tasting fee does bother me.

    I already also go to Paul’s (in D.C.), where Friday night tastings are free, and good wine is less expensive. If VABC really does require tasting fees on top of purchases, I’ll just go to Paul’s more often, and wineries less often; and I’ll stop asking wineries to waive the tasting fee when I do visit. I don’t want to put them on the spot.

    So my question is: is it legal for a Virginia winery to comp tasting fees when there’s a purchase?

    Thanks!

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